I live in a large metropolitan area in Texas. Some of the facilities around here will grant credit for years of LPN/LVN experience and others will not.
During my last year as an LVN (2010), I was earning an above-average pay rate of $27.04 per hour at a nursing home. At this point I had four years of LVN experience.
When I earned my RN license later that year, local hospitals offered me between $25.00 and $27.75 hourly. Yes, they were actually crediting me with four years of LVN experience because their entry-level pay for brand new RN grads with no experience was $23.00 per hour. To keep a long story short, I will not work at the local acute care hospitals around here due to the low pay.